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Riverdale Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Riversdale Plantation

Town Of Riverdale Park

 
 
Riversdale Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
1. Riversdale Plantation Marker
Inscription. Much of the area around you — some 1500 acres — was part of Riversdale, a plantation founded in 1801 by an aristocratic Belgian family — the Stiers — who had escaped the terror of the French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic wars. Daughter Rosalie Stier married George Calvert, a member of Maryland's founding family, and the couple received the plantation from her father Henri upon his return to Europe after the defeat of Napoleon. Riversdale Mansion, a National Historic Landmark and Prince George's County Historic Site, is open to the public and operated by M-NCPPC and the Riversdale Historical Society. George and Rosalie Calvert finished construction of the mansion and grounds by 1807. Their son Charles Benedict Calvert (1808-1864), a slave-holder, US Congressman, and a founder of the University of Maryland at College Park, introduced scientific agriculture to the plantation, adopted ideas published in journals and newspapers, exhibited at county and state fairs, and introduced a number of his own innovations. He could implement these innovations because of the large number of slaves as many as 55 in 1850 at his command. One slave, Adam Francis Plummer, worked at Riversdale from age 10 in 1819 until emancipation in November 1864. Plummer left a diary, begun in 1841 and continued until his death in 1905.

Riversdale Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
2. Riversdale Plantation Marker
Charles Calvert died six months before Maryland's new constitution emancipated all slaves within the state's borders. Calvert's will divided his estate among his children. Charles Baltimore Calvert and his wife, Eleanor Mackubin, built their farm, which they called MacAlpine, on their share of the estate, the same land on which you now stand.
 
Location. 38° 58.174′ N, 76° 56.249′ W. Marker is in Riverdale Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) on Van Buren Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4439 Van Buren Street, Hyattsville MD 20782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. MacAlpine Farm (here, next to this marker); MacAlpine Icehouse (here, next to this marker); ERCO and Calvert Homes (a few steps from this marker); Trolley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Calvert Hills: A National Register Historic District (approx. mile away); Calvert Family Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eternal Tribute (approx. half a mile away); This Clock (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale Park.
 
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George Calvert and Rosalie Stier Calvert with daughter Carolina Maria by Gilbert Stuart 1804 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
3. George Calvert and Rosalie Stier Calvert with daughter Carolina Maria by Gilbert Stuart 1804
Close-up of images on marker
You Are Here<br>William Sides Map of Riversdale, 1853 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
4. You Are Here
William Sides Map of Riversdale, 1853
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Riversdale Plantation, circa 1933 image. Click for full size.
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5. Riversdale Plantation, circa 1933
Charles Benedict Calvert, 1808-1864 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 28, 2018
6. Charles Benedict Calvert, 1808-1864
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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